Rachel here, introducing the brand-spankin'-new Utah High School Cycling League Blog.
This is where I will be keeping you up to date on the happenings of the League, of NICA, and hopefully even spark some conversations with you about how we can best accomplish our mission. From general announcements to real stories, I hope to use this blog to keep you informed and inspired.
To start, let's talk about cycling for a quick second. If you are a cyclist, you know that cycling is a profound sport. Bikes change lives.
If you haven't seen the "If You Give A Kid A Bicycle" video by the Connie Cycling Foundation, please go watch it. But be prepared for some water-works. I tear up every single time.
We couldn't have said it better ourselves. That video, while not NICA or UHSCL produced, is exactly why organizations like ours exist. Because bikes change lives, especially those of kids.
Our vision is to enable every Utah teen to strengthen body, mind, and character through the lifelong sport of cycling. We are here to get #morekidsonbikes, and then help those kids live fulfilling, healthy, and enjoyable lives. If "it takes a village to raise a child," we are gonna need some help. This year we are expecting 1500 kids so if I do the math... we are going to need quite a few villages.
The reason I am starting this blog is because not everyone uses Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram yet alone Snapchat and whatever else kids-these-days are into. I want to connect with more than just our coaches and a few parents on Facebook. I want to connect with every single person involved in this league. Because we need your help!
This means you too. I want to hear from you about how we can help make cycling a lifelong experience for you. I'm no whippersnapper, but I'm no old-folk either (not than I am calling your parents, coaches, and our Board of Directors old—well maybe I am, but don't tell them I said that) and I want to know how can I better communicate with you. How can I help bridge the gap between teenage dream and adulthood?
Whether winning the Tour de France, being a frame designer at Scott Sports, or teaching girls in India how to wrench on bikes, how can we help you get to where you want to go? How can we stay in touch with you after graduation to keep cheering you on? We do, in fact, have the loudest crowds in all the land.
Anyway, I am sure I have maxed out your attention spans at this point. But before I go, I want to set some ground rules. Please keep NICA's core principles in mind when commenting on this blog, interacting on the interwebs, and participating in all UHSCL events. Y'all have Lori and my phone numbers and email addresses, so if you have an issue please bring it up kindly.
Until next time... Yay Bikes!